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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — January 2, 2017


Tunisians Are Being Encouraged to Read by Turning Taxis into Libraries

Most of the yellow cabs racing through Tunis are decorated with air fresheners, glittery pendulums, and framed baby pictures. Sometimes you’ll find a complimentary box of tissues. But taxi driver Ahmed Mzoughi, 49, has taken a more cerebral approach to his vehicle’s decor. Scattered on the seats and lining the dashboard are slim volumes of poetry, fat novels, and psychology books. Stuck on a side door is a decal that says, “Attention: This Taxi Contains a Book.”

What does diversity mean in the age of a Donald Trump presidency? Even as the U.S. and the globe become increasingly diverse, the president-elect’s cabinet appointments have so far been strong on billionaires and white men and weak on women and blacks.

On the Differences between Cats and Dogs

A letter to my writing students on why they have more freedom to create than they seem to think

The Teen-Agers Suing Over Climate Change

In the spring of 2010, Julia Olson, an environmental attorney based in Oregon, was introduced to Alec Loorz, a teen-ager from Ventura, California, and the founder of an advocacy group called Kids vs. Global Warming. At the time, Olson, who ran the nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, was preparing to sue the federal government over its insufficient action on climate change, and she hoped to coördinate youth demonstrations and other events with the filing of the lawsuit.

 Interactive Constitution

On this site, constitutional experts interact with each other to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today. For each provision of the Constitution, scholars of different perspectives discuss what they agree upon, and what they disagree about. These experts were selected with the guidance of leaders of two prominent constitutional law organizations—The American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society. This project is sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

10 Steps to Writing a Great Law School Final Paper

The final paper has become a common law school evaluation method. Here are 10 steps to writing a great law school paper.

Useful Law Apps for Students

The study of law is not easy as from the beginning of the first year of law, you are expected to absorb mountain of information every single day and this means late night study sessions and virtuosic organization skills. There are some students who are fine with the hard copies of dictionaries, legislation as well as personal organizers, but the convenience of law apps are unbeatable.

Using Microsoft Word Styles

Let’s face it: legal writing is already hard work. So who has time to tinker with stuff like fonts in the name of enhancing legal document readability? With the Microsoft Word Styles feature, consistent formatting becomes a whole lot easier and faster, and can help enforce standards in your firm’s outgoing documents.

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Microsoft Word Training – Formatting Basics – Two Sessions Next Week!

Have you ever struggled with formatting page numbers, setting margins or creating footnotes in Microsoft Word?  If you have, stop by the library next week where two training sessions will be offered for you to learn about these features. Every law school student needs to graduate with a certain amount of technology proficiency, including using Microsoft Word.  For those of you needing help with different features in Microsoft Word, these short sessions are great opportunities to learn.

Stay tuned for announcements regarding future sessions on Microsoft Word and other topics including creating PDFs, and using cloud storage platforms such as Google Drive and Dropbox.  

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Monday, July 11 – 1:30-2:00pm

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — June 27, 2016


Writing on a Plane?

Here’s some things to think about if you do try to bring that conference paper or journal revisions on that next flight.

Hayden Nomination Clears Senate Rules Committee

ALA urges members to contact senators to support nomination.

High-Tech Librarian Knows Its Books

Automated robot that scans library shelves using laser mapping and radio tags can ensure no book is misplaced again.

Giving Useful Praise and Criticism

When I first became a manager, I gave lousy, useless feedback. I received no training in how to evaluate people, and my tendency to avoid social awkwardness led me to offer occasional, nonspecific praise (at best) and to avoid negative feedback entirely. I have worked hard to get better in this area, and while I will never look forward to criticizing someone’s work, I have learned how to make the process less painful for me and more useful for the recipient of the feedback. Here are the things I’ve learned about this process that have made the biggest difference.

5 Study Habits for Crushing School When You Go Back

A third-year medical student and sailor offers tips to vets for practicing effective study habits.
Colleges in and near Orlando, Fla., have spent the past two days responding to the mass shooting that left 49 people dead and 53 wounded there over the weekend. Presidents released statements of condolence, while their campuses provided counseling services, organized blood drives, and planned memorials.

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers treat all web traffic equally, delivering a major defeat to cable and telephone companies.

When the Lone Ranger and Gracie Allen Pitched Their Sponsors’ Products

On a recent episode of his late-night show, Stephen Colbert poured himself a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal and then doused it in Baileys Irish Cream, jokingly referring to the concoction as an Irish continental breakfast.

Is Predictive Analysis a Step to Far in Student Assistance

The concept of academic intrusion isn’t novel, but the usage of monitoring technology invites a lot of questions and possibilities for things that can go wrong. Institutions should be extraordinarily careful not to paint a particular type of student with data points on academic performance, without the investment in the human resources to help these students manage the issues which may be causing poor performance.

How Bloomberg is Changing Legal Annotation [podcast]

As the body of law continues to grow, so does the consumer demand for cost effective and efficient legal services. What resources do large law firms and corporations have to help them harness technology to keep pace with this growing trend?

Fix Microsoft Word Formatting Instantly with 3 Shortcut Keys

Your document formatting is all fouled up. And you’re on a tight deadline. Here are three shortcut keys to fix Microsoft Word formatting instantly. You’ll want to keep these handy, like on a sticky note stuck to the side of your monitor.

10 Million-Core Supercomputer Hits 93 Petaflop/s, Tripling Speed Record

There’s a new world’s fastest supercomputer for the first time in three years.

Google Link in Supreme Court Case Shows Struggle on Citation

A Supreme Court decision got huge attention this week for a stinging dissent by Justice Sotomayor that some have called the court’s “Black Lives Matter” moment. But the decision is also significant because it contains a strange short phrase—”http://goo.gl/3Yq3Nd.”

Guest Post: LegalTech Knowledge – Will Law Schools React on Time?

The most recent reports on the future of the legal industry show law firms are in a dire need of fresh talent, and new skills. Future lawyers will have to demonstrate knowledge in project management and legal technology. Such skills will be crucial for firms and attorneys who want to stay in the market.

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Common Microsoft Word Shortcuts

How many of you have ever wondered how to do certain tasks in Microsoft Word quickly and without those tasks requiring 5 or more clicks, or navigating through multiple menus?  MS Word has many shortcuts to do basic tasks within the program and I’ve compiled a short list of some common shortcuts that can save you time and make life a little easier when you are grinding away at that last minute research paper or legal memo.


CTRL S – Save a document

CTRL O – Open a document

CTRL P – Print a document

CTRL C – Copy text or images

CTRL V – Paste text or images

CTRL X – Cut text or images

CTRL B – Bold text

CTRL I – Italicize text

CTRL U – Underline text

SHIFT+END – Allows you to select text from beginning to end of line.  Once text is selected, you can copy or delete the text.  Hold down Shift and End keys at same time to do this.

SHIFT+HOME – Allows you to select text from end of line to beginning of line.  Once text is selected, you can copy or delete the text.  Hold down Shift and Home keys at same time to do this.

CTRL+SHIFT+END – Allows you to select text from anywhere in document to end of document.  Once text is selected, you can copy or delete the text.  Hold down CTRL, Shift and End keys at same time to do this.

CTRL+SHIFT+HOME – Allows you to select text from anywhere in document to beginning of document.  Once text is selected, you can copy or delete the text.  Hold down CTRL, Shift and Home keys at same time to do this.

CTRL+PAGE UP (or CTRL+HOME) – Allows you to move cursor to beginning of document.  Hold down CTRL and Page Up keys at same time to do this.

CTRL+PAGE DOWN (or CTRL+END) – Allows you to move cursor to end of document.  Hold down CTRL and Page Down keys at same time to do this.

SHIFT+ any arrow – Allows you to select text in the direction of the arrow in a document.

CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW – Allows you to select with cursor one word to left.

CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW – Allows you to select with cursor one word to right.

Liked these tips?  Download a printable PDF here: MS_Word_Keyboard_Shortcuts.

~Tracie Krumbine~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — November 9, 2015


Is Your Pronunciation on Point? Take This Quiz to Find Out.

Every so often a news item appears about how a particular legal term is most properly pronounced. Certiorari, for example, surfaces from time to time. Last year an article on this very point by James J. Duane, appearing inThe Green Bag, went viral. Duane documented six different pronunciations of certiorari by U.S. Supreme Court justices. The historically proper ways, of course, are /surh-shee-uh-RAIR-eye/ and /suhr-shee-uh-RAHR-ee/. I leave it to you to discover which justices use one of those versions.

Word Real-Time Co-Authoring: A Closer Look

Now that Office 2016 is officially here, we are giving a special nod to one of our coolest features within the suite—real-time co-authoring. The Word team is honored to debut this new capability in Office 2016 for Windows.
With unlimited access to the legal library at Harvard Law School through a special program, the ability to research and develop strong cases will greatly change the future of law.
You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”
The Wayback Machine is knowledge storage on a colossal scale: maintained by the Internet Archive, it’s a repository of how everything looked on the internet in the past. But the biggest libraries are the hardest to organize, which is why $2 million is being spent to give the Wayback Machine its very own Google.
To continue our Beginner’s Guide series on legislative history documents, we next turn to congressional committee reports. The reports created by the committees of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate are important sources for determining legislative intent, better understanding the “cultural history” of a piece of legislation, or locating a committee’s findings on an investigation into a given subject.
I’ve fully embraced the benefits and strictures of being a professor in the digital age. In both my online courses and live ones, I have come to rely upon our online classroom portal to disseminate course information, post reminders, log grades, and to serve as the primary method by which students turn in their papers. I don’t know if it is necessarily sounder to do everything electronically, but it’s a system that’s been honed course after course and seems to work well for both sides of the lectern. Still, there are aspects of it that trouble me.

A Twitter-fueled furor erupted on Thursday after the Renaissance Society of America said that the database firm ProQuest had canceled the group’s subscription to a key collection of texts. The controversy didn’t last long — by Thursday afternoon, ProQuest had apologized, and said that the society’s access to the material remained in place. But for many academics, the incident stoked familiar anxieties about the role of companies like ProQuest in the future of scholarly research and publishing.

More Important Than Ever

Privacy in the internet age…

The Delegation Dodge

As mentioned in my last post, law students often respond to their poor scores on a basic Word assessment by explaining to me that they need not need worry about this tech stuff because “that is what secretaries are for.” I think this is wrong for a number of reasons, a few of which I outline below…

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